Community Paramedicine Resources

A brief overview into community paramedicine programs from across the U.S., Canada, and Ireland.

Heather Wojtarowicz

Community paramedics can play an important role in assessing older adult patients before they reach the emergency department and serve as valuable members of the multidisciplinary teams that treat older adult patients. Because they enter a patient's home, paramedics are able to make critical observations about a patient's living conditions, support network and medications. These observations can inform patient care plans.

In January, we examined how community paramedicine can impact other adult patients both before and after a visit to the emergency department by engaging leaders at the forefront of this emerging field.

Access our latest podcast, blog and on-demand webinar below.

GEMCast Podcast: How Paramedics Can Make a Difference in Geriatric Care 

In this episode of GEMCast, host Dr. Christina Shenvi is joined by Megan Corry, the Director of the Paramedic Program at the City College of San Francisco. Corry helped develop a geriatric specialty rotation for paramedics at the initial training level that focuses on a biopsychosocial approach to patient assessment. Shenvi and Corry discuss the history of community paramedicine, the potential impact of geriatric specialty paramedicine, and key assessments and communication strategies they are implementing to improve the care of older adults.


On-Demand Webinar: Community Paramedics and the Geriatric ED 

This expert-panel webinar introduces and explores the concept of community paramedicine and how it can be integrated with older person care in EDs. The webinar also includes stories from front-line practitioners about the benefits and challenges of community paramedicine in providing care for older adults post-ED discharge. 

You can view the full webinar recording, download the chat notes and access summary slides and presenter key points on our webinar page. 


GEDC Blog: How Community Paramedics Can Make a Difference in Geriatric Care

As first responders, paramedics hold a unique position in the care of older adults.This blog details how training community paramedics in geriatric principles can have a positive impact on older adults in need of emergency care. 


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